The National Sustainable Schools Conference 2015

  • 09:00 AM
  • University of Bristol, Students’ Union


Learning for Our Future – Engaging for a Changing World

Thursday 2nd July 2015

As part of Bristol’s Green Capital 2015 activities, the University of Bristol, in partnership with the Sustainable Schools Alliance and SEEd, will host and deliver this year’s National Sustainable Schools Conference.

At the conference you will:
  • Engage your pupils through peer-to-peer learning with student volunteers from the University of Bristol
  • Share your own innovative and creative ideas with other delegates during our open platform session
  • Develop new strategies for embedding sustainability across your curriculum, campus and community
  • Meet the experts on Education for Sustainable Development
  • Participate in interactive workshops throughout the day, plan for your next year’s sustainability curriculum and take home new ideas and resources
Visit BrisolBristol Green Capital

SEEd are delighted to be holding this year’s conference in one of the UK’s most unique cities. Bristol is home to a diverse number of world famous attractions, from spectacular historical structures, such as the Clifton Suspension Bridge and SS Great Britain, to renowned street art from local artist, Banksy.

The city has long been a pioneer in the fields of culture, creativity and the environment. Bristol is the first UK city to gain the prestigious European Green Capital Award. Here you can check out some of the other exciting events happening across the city throughout the year.

Please see the bottom of the page for further details regarding accommodation in Bristol.

To secure your place please fill in the form on the right. (Places will be limited, so don’t delay)


8.30am        Registration and Coffee

  •             Welcome by Ann Finlayson, CEO SEEd
  •              Keynote Speakers and Q&A throughout the day
  •              12 – 16 different workshops sessions run throughout the day – see  below for more details
  •              Lunchtimes and Breaks: Opportunities for networking, ‘share fair’, and trade stalls

5.00pm        Close

5-7pm           Teach Meet ‘Green’ – Register now  

Full agenda details can be found here: NSSC agenda 2015

Conference Details

WHEN – Thursday 2nd July 2015 (9.00am – 5.00pm)

WHERE  –University of Bristol, Students’ Union – directions. The Bristol SU website also provides comprehensive travel advice on accessing the venue.

AGENDA – Follow this link for the finalised agenda

COST – (Lunch and Refreshments Provided)

  • £75.00  – Single Delegate – Conference
  • £67.50  – Single Delegate – Conference – SEEd Members
  • £25.00  – Trainee Teacher Delegate and University Students – Conference
  • £10.00  – Single Student Delegate – Conference – (groups of 10 or more receive a 10% discount) – contact SEEd for an invoice


Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

Doug Hulyer 2011

Doug Hulyer

Doug is an advisor to the heritage and environmental sectors on strategy, change and public engagement; he also is a public sector commentator/writer and policy maker. His mission has been about putting people at the heart of the environmental and heritage worlds – through learning in all its forms participation and community cohesion.                                                             

Quinn imageQuinn Runkle

Quinn is Senior Project Officer for Communities and Curriculum within the NUS’ Department for Sustainability. Before joining the NUS, Quinn managed the Student Green Fund Project at the University of Bristol Students’ Union and delivered student sustainability engagement programmes at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Her keynote will look at: ‘the significance of curriculum reform matter, what can we do about it and how can we support our learners in asking for it?’

Justin Dillon

Justin Dillon

Internationally renowned Professor of Science and Environmental Education and Head of the Graduate School of Education at the University of Bristol. Justin’s keynote will focus on: Post-election 2015, where now for education for sustainability and the environment?

Confirmed Workshops

  • AshdenAlex Green – ‘How to create behaviour change at your school’ – This workshop will explore examples of best practice from Ashden Award winning schools around the country.
  • Beetles and BeesJenny Stevens – The workshop raises awareness of the importance of Hawthorn in the countryside through the use of handmade headgear/handpuppets representing insects (including pollinators), birds and mammals.
  • BiGGY – Gloucestershire’s Big Green Gap Year, Megan Baker – BiGGY is a brand new University of Gloucestershire Students’ Union initiative, launching in 2015. The workshop will explore how sustainability themed placements and ESD workshops for students at the University of Gloucestershire (UoG) can be integrated/ replicated in schools and FEIs.
  • Bristol 2015 Green CapitalJo Taylor – This workshop will explore using technology enhanced learning in your classroom. Attendees will have a sneak preview at an exciting new online game, teaching critical thinking skills and sustainability.
  • Bristol Students’ Union – Sustainability and Engaged Learning Coordinator, Hannah Tweddell – The workshop will explore how schools can engage in biodiversity initiatives in their local community using Bedminster as a real life example.
  • Concern Universal , Jo Davies – ‘Inspiring Climate Champions of Tomorrow’ – This workshop will focus on global Perspectives on Climate Change and Energy Use.
  • Global Learning Programme, Vikki Pendry & Clive Belgeonne – In this workshop, delegates will explore data sets that describe and celebrate global difference and diversity. Delegates will work through an innovative collection of Key Stage 2 numeracy activities aimed at engaging pupils in data handling and problem solving activities to ‘paint the world by numbers’.
  • Go Green, James & Tatiana Tanner – Talk about the  Go Green workshop, by James and Tatiana Tanner, (Eco-school education partner). This talk  will summarise James and Tatiana’s achievements in delivering their Go Green workshop, the workshop is for children aged 7-11 on the main problems of global warming and the solutions. It will cover many National Curriculum  topics.
  • Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol, Celia Tidmarsh – During this workshop, groups of students will be discussing their experiences of having taken part in 3 workshops (at their schools on 18th June – about 6 schools taking part) with the focus on climate change – each workshop will have had a different subject perspective: geography, history and science.
  • Green Capital Project Assistant, Bristol Students’ UnionJessica Sharratt – Get Green is a two-year project funded by the NUS Students’ Green Fund, with four strands: Learn, Act, Engage, Create. The workshop will apply this four step approach to secondary schools in a fun and innovative way.
  • Leeds Development Education Centre, Adam Ranson – This workshop will look at the benefits of assessing the impact of Global Learning/Sustainability on students’ knowledge, understanding and attitudes. It will consider results from case studies of the Transatlantic Slave Trade and Fair Trade.
  • PECT, Jill Foster – This workshop will explore the variety of opportunities in the curriculum to get children thinking about and using food grown locally or in school. The workshop will draw attention to the health benefits of eating local seasonal food.
  • Project Earth Rock, Jess Gold & Jonathan Palma – In this workshop, young people will learn ‘Disposable’ the Project Earth Rock recycling song that is featuring on the main stages of Glastonbury this summer and then create a new eco song together.
  • Railway Land Wildlife Trust, John Parry – The Railway Land Wildlife Trust in Lewes has been pioneering approaches to environmental education for 0ver 25 years. The workshop will explore different ways of thinking about green open spaces within reach of schools.
  • Severn Wye Energy Agency , Mark Stead – Primary aged children will present what they have learned through the ‘Energy Detectives’ project and participants will use this information to design an energy saving plan for their own classroom.
  • Chair of South West Learning For Sustainability Coalition, Mairi Kershaw – Action learning workshop for secondary age practitioners based on Mairi’s research into personalised ESD.


  • £30.00   – Single Delegate – Online Conference (for people not attending on the day)
  • £10.00   – Single Student Delegate – Online Conference (for students not attending on the day)


  • £125.00  – per stall for one person (1 table equivalent)
  • £200.00 – per stall for two people (2 tables equivalent)
  • £200.00 – per prime location stall (1 table equivalent) – 4 places available

Contact SEEd to book your stall

REGISTRATION – registration form is on the right of this page

ACCOMMODATION – The University of Bristol has compiled a list of reasonably priced hostels, BnBs and hotels which you can access via their website.

SSA members include: Bluewave.SWIFT, British Gas, Centre for Alternative Technologies, East Midlands RCE & Association of Science Educators, Eco Schools, IAPS, Learning through Landscapes, LSSF, Modeshift, NAFSO, NESPSS, NUS, PECT, RSPB, SEEd, TEESnet, Yorkshire & Humber Sustainable Schools Network, University of Bristol

NOTE: Special discounted rates will be offered to any one who signs up for SEEd membership – £67.50 for any size organisation. Don’t miss out! Sign up to membership here.